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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MEMPHIS 26 22 13 24 85 WASHINGTON 26 21 18 23 88 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MEM - PAU GASOL 16, JASON WILLIAMS 15, TWO PLAYERS WITH 10 WAS - RICHARD HAMILTON 15, COURTNEY ALEXANDER 15, ETAN THOMAS 10

HIGH REBOUND: MEM - LORENZEN WRIGHT 9, RODNEY BUFORD 9, SHANE BATTIER 9 WAS - POPEYE JONES 15, JAHIDI WHITE 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 11, SHANE BATTIER 3, PAU GASOL 2 WAS - CHRIS WHITNEY 6, TYRONN LUE 6, POPEYE JONES 4

ATT: 20,674


Extended Box

BOSTON (102) AT NEW JERSEY (90)

BOSTON

REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

A WALKER F 47 7-24 2-2 2 4 6 2 3 1 5 18 E WILLIAMS F 22 3-8 2-2 3 3 6 1 5 1 1 9 T BATTIE C 19 0-1 0-2 3 4 7 0 5 0 3 0 P PIERCE G 30 8-17 13-15 1 5 6 2 5 2 2 32 K ANDERSON G 24 4-9 0-0 0 1 1 5 5 2 1 8 R ROGERS 34 4-9 2-5 1 2 3 0 2 0 1 10 E STRICKLAND 33 4-6 3-3 0 5 5 3 2 2 1 14 V POTAPENKO 6 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 W MCCARTY 22 3-4 1-1 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 9 K BROWN 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 M BLOUNT 2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 T DELK DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-80 23-30 10 29 39 13 30 8 15 102 (.425) (.767) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 16 (19 PTS)

NEW JERSEY

REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

K VAN HORN F 37 7-21 4-5 1 8 9 2 5 0 1 20 K MARTIN F 40 6-20 4-8 5 8 13 4 5 0 8 16 T MACCULLOCH C 21 2-7 1-2 6 2 8 2 4 0 0 5 K KITTLES G 30 5-9 2-2 2 4 6 1 1 0 1 16 J KIDD G 44 7-14 4-5 1 8 9 6 4 2 5 21 A WILLIAMS 10 1-2 0-0 1 2 3 1 5 0 3 2 R JEFFERSON 17 0-1 4-4 0 2 2 2 6 0 3 4 L HARRIS 23 1-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 J COLLINS 17 0-0 4-6 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 4 A JOHNSON 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 B ARMSTRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION B SCALABRINE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 29-79 23-32 17 34 51 18 33 2 22 90 (.367) (.719) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 22 (26 PTS)

BOSTON 28 27 23 24 - 102 NEW JERSEY 25 17 21 27 - 90

BLOCKED SHOTS: BOSTON - R ROGERS, A WALKER, T BATTIE. NEW JERSEY - K VAN HORN 3, T MACCULLOCH 2, K MARTIN 2, J KIDD, K KITTLES, J COLLINS.

3-PT. FIELD GOALS: BOSTON 11-24 (.458), A WALKER 2-9, E WILLIAMS 1- 2, P PIERCE 3-3, R ROGERS 0-3, E STRICKLAND 3-4, W MCCARTY 2-3. NEW JERSEY 9- 28 (.321), K VAN HORN 2-10, K MARTIN 0-3, K KITTLES 4-7, J KIDD 3- 7, L HARRIS 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: BOSTON - V POTAPENKO 2 (EJECTED), DEFENSIVE THREE, K ANDERSON, DEFENSIVE THREE. NEW JERSEY - DEFENSIVE THREE, K MARTIN, L HARRIS. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, DERRICK STAFFORD, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 14,952. T - 2:22.


Box Score

BOSTON (102)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Walker 47 7-24 2-2 2-6 2 3 18 E Williams 22 3-8 2-2 3-6 1 5 9 T Battie 19 0-1 0-2 3-7 0 5 0 P Pierce 30 8-17 13-15 1-6 2 5 32 K Anderson 24 4-9 0-0 0-1 5 5 8 R Rogers 34 4-9 2-5 1-3 0 2 10 E Strickland 33 4-6 3-3 0-5 3 2 14 V Potapenko 6 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 W Mccarty 22 3-4 1-1 0-3 0 2 9 K Brown 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 M Blount 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 T Delk DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-80 23-30 10-39 13 30 102 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.767. 3-Point Goals: 11-24, .458 (A Walker 2-9, E Williams 1-2, P Pierce 3-3, R Rogers 0-3, E Strickland 3-4, W Mccarty 2-3). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:3 (R Rogers, A Walker, T Battie). Turnovers:15 (A Walker 5, T Battie 3, P Pierce 2, E Williams, R Rogers, E Strickland, W Mccarty, K Anderson). Steals: 8 (K Anderson 2, E Strickland 2, P Pierce 2, E Williams, A Walker).

NEW JERSEY (90)

fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp K Van Horn 37 7-21 4-5 1-9 2 5 20 K Martin 40 6-20 4-8 5-13 4 5 16 T MacCulloch 21 2-7 1-2 6-8 2 4 5 K Kittles 30 5-9 2-2 2-6 1 1 16 J Kidd 44 7-14 4-5 1-9 6 4 21 A Williams 10 1-2 0-0 1-3 1 5 2 R Jefferson 17 0-1 4-4 0-2 2 6 4 L Harris 23 1-5 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 J Collins 17 0-0 4-6 1-1 0 3 4 A Johnson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 B Armstrong DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Scalabrine DNP - COACH'S DECISION

_____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-79 23-32 17-51 18 33 90 _____________________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.367, FT-.719. 3-Point Goals: 9-28, .321 (K Van Horn 2-10, K Martin 0-3, K Kittles 4-7, J Kidd 3-7, L Harris 0-1). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:10 (K Van Horn 3, T MacCulloch 2, K Martin 2, J Kidd, K Kittles, J Collins). Turnovers:22 (K Martin 8, J Kidd 5, A Williams 3, R Jefferson 3, L Harris, K Van Horn, K Kittles). Steals: 2 (J Kidd 2).

-------------------------------------------- BOSTON 28 27 23 24 - 102 NEW JERSEY 25 17 21 27 - 90 --------------------------------------------

Technical fouls: Boston - 4 (V Potapenko 2 (ejected), 3:07 2nd; Defensive Three, 9:30 2nd; K Anderson, 10:21 2nd; Defensive Three, 3:57 4th). New Jersey - 3 (Defensive Three, 1:05 2nd; K Martin, 3:07 2nd; L Harris, 10:21 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,952. T: 2:22. Officials: Dan Crawford, Derrick Stafford, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Richard Hamilton shrugged off a poor shooting night with a pair of jumpers in the final 2:11 as the Washington Wizards kept alive their faint playoff hopes with an 88-85 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Hamilton had just 15 points on 7-of-18 shooting. In one stretch, he missed 10-of-11 shots but made up for it with six points late in the fourth quarter.

After a jumper by Rodney Buford tied it at 75-75 with 4:49 left, the Wizards scored the next five points. Hamilton's short jumper capped the burst and opened an 80-75 lead with 2:11 to play.

Hamilton was bothered by a nagging groin injury and spent much of the second half getting treatment in the locker room.

"Richard Hamilton and I will have to show a lot of leadership if Michael (Jordan) does not come back (next season)," Wizards guard Courtney Alexander said. "Richard and I are great leaders and it'll be a big challenge, but we're both looking forward to it."

"That was a big game we really need," Washington coach Doug Collins added. "Our guys have lost a little confidence and it was good to see them fight through that to get a win. It wasn't pretty, but that's the way we won a lot of games early in the season."

The Grizzlies countered with six of the next eight points and rookie Pau Gasol dunked to cut the deficit to 82-81 with 44 seconds remaining. But 13 seconds later, Hamilton made his biggest shot of the night, a 16-foot jumper in traffic that made it 84-81.

Jason Williams missed a layup and Etan Thomas dunked at the other end before Chris Whitney made two foul shots to halt Washington's four-game losing streak.

After Whitney's free throws, Williams had two chances to force overtime, but he missed badly on a pair of 3-pointers. The first was an off-balance shot from the left side. After he had a chance to set himself, his next shot rimmed out.

"I think everybody feels it hard," Memphis forward Lorenzen Wright said. "Everybody wants to pack it up at the end of the season, but we'll continue to work hard.

"We had a chance to win the game at the end, and you can't ask for anything more than that."

The Wizards (35-42) are three games behind Toronto and Indiana for the final Eastern Conference postseason spot with five to play.

The game featured 16 ties and 10 lead changes and neither team led by more than seven points.

Washington used a 7-0 run to snap a 56-56 tie midway through the third quarter. Alexander, whose minutes had diminished with Jordan's presence, started the spurt with a driving layup with 6:14 left.

Jahidi White made a jump hook, Tyrone Nesby converted a three-point play and Alexander capped the run with a dunk with 3:56 remaining.

The Wizards could not pull away, however, and while Hamilton was slumping, Memphis hung around.

The Grizzlies got 16 points from Gasol, who scored a career-high 32 in Friday's win over Houston.

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